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March 21, 1987 | By BERNARD FERNANDEZ, Daily News Sports Writer
Whoever said the best offense is a good defense must have had Nevada-Las Vegas in mind. Who else but UNLV could survive 4-for-23 shooting from three-point range, see a lead evaporate during a 15-2 run by the opposition and still threaten the 100-point barrier? "They came out and put extreme pressure on our guards," Wyoming coach Jim Brandenberg said after top-ranked UNLV eliminated the Cowboys from the NCAA Tournament with a 92-78 victory here last night in the West Regional semifinals.
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December 10, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
QUINTRELL THOMAS grabbed Anthony Marshall's airball under the basket and scored on a short hook shot with 1.2 seconds remaining to lift No. 21 UNLV to a 76-75 win over California on Sunday. The Runnin' Rebels led for most of the second half but trailed 75-74 following two free throws by Cal's Justin Cobbs with 11.9 seconds left. Marshall then rushed a long jumper that Thomas alertly grabbed and flipped in. Thomas was fouled on the play but missed the free throw. Justin Hawkins then blocked a three-point attempt by Cobbs from midcourt as the buzzer sounded.
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February 15, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
TCU SENIOR guard Hank Thorns sent a tweet a few hours before playing No. 11 UNLV about never experiencing the thrill of being surrounded by Horned Frogs fans on the court after a big victory. He needed to do an update afterward. Thorns scored eight of his 32 points in overtime for host TCU, which overcame an 18-point deficit for a 102-97 victory over UNLV last night. It was the first win for TCU (15-10, 5-4 Mountain West) over a ranked team since February 2007, when it beat No. 14 Air Force.
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May 22, 1988 | By Angelo Cataldi, Inquirer Staff Writers
In the spring of 1986, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas basketball team took a 16-day, 20,000-mile trip to Tahiti, New Zealand and Australia, crossed six time zones, played nine games and amassed more than $1,000 in telephone bills. Somehow, seven members of the team also managed to complete six credit hours - one-fourth of their annual course requirement - by taking a class called Contemporary Issues in Social Welfare, which consisted largely of visiting the many exotic locales along the way. Even as news of the course was beginning to circulate on the UNLV campus that fall, a university committee of faculty and administrators was dismissing five years of research into the question of what kind of education - if any - the athletes at Nevada-Las Vegas were receiving.
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March 31, 1990 | By Dick Weiss, Daily News Sports Writer
This seems like the perfect place for a Wild West shoot-out. Georgia Tech (28-6) might be outmanned when they play Nevada-Las Vegas tonight in the NCAA Tournament semifinals (Channel 10, 8:05), but they will not be outgunned. Tech coach Bobby Cremins seems willing to play five-on-three, as long as his three are Dennis Scott, Kenny Anderson and Brian Oliver. Scott, Anderson and Oliver, "Lethal Weapon 3," combined for 89 points last Sunday during a 93-91 victory over Minnesota in the Southeast Regional Championship.
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March 16, 2004 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Nevada-Las Vegas hired Lon Kruger, a veteran college and pro coach, to lead the Runnin' Rebels basketball program back to national prominence. Kruger accepted a five-year contract yesterday, UNLV athletic director Mike Hamrick said. The Nevada board of regents must approve the hiring at its meeting Thursday. Kruger, fired last season by the Atlanta Hawks, most recently was an assistant coach with the New York Knicks. Coach Charlie Spoonhour stepped down a month ago because of health reasons, and his son and assistant coach, Jay Spoonhour, took over the team.
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October 28, 1995 | By Jeremy Treatman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Keon Clark, who twice attempted to join Temple's basketball program, finally is on the verge of playing in Division I. However, it appears the 6-foot-11 center will play for UNLV and not the Owls. Clark is currently in his first year at Dixie Junior College in Utah, where he is not playing basketball. He has given an oral commitment to attend UNLV next semester, according to Dixie coach David Rose. Rose said Clark will have 2 1/2 years of eligibility at UNLV if he earns his associate degree from Dixie by December.
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December 16, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
UNLV will appeal one of the penalties handed out by the NCAA for allowing a booster to give money to Lamar Odom when he was being recruited by the university. UNLV athletic director Charles Cavagnaro said yesterday the postseason ban for this year will be appealed. Cavagnaro said the university was not appealing the findings of the NCAA Committee on Infractions, merely one of the penalties. In addition to a one-year postseason ban, UNLV was placed on probation for four years, and denied two scholarships for each of the next two seasons.
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February 24, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
Rick Pitino won't take a trip to Las Vegas until after UNLV's season ends next weekend at the earliest and will go only if he intends on taking the job, Pitino told ESPN.com. Pitino also denied he has been made a specific contract offer from UNLV, disputing a report yesterday he'd been offered a five-year deal worth $1.7 million per season to coach the Rebels starting next season. "Nothing is imminent," said Pitino. "I want to wait until the season is over. If I come out to visit Las Vegas, then it's serious.
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November 14, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Archbishop Carroll's Derrick Jones visited UNLV last month. That convinced him that it was the place for him, Jones said. The senior forward orally committed to UNLV on Thursday night, making his announcement live on ESPNU. He chose the Runnin' Rebels over Auburn and Connecticut. Kansas and Kentucky also had offered Jones scholarships. "When I stepped on campus, it felt like family there," Jones said. "I got to know the basketball players, and it felt like a brotherhood. " Jones is the nation's 22d-ranked recruit in the Class of 2015, according to ESPN.com.
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July 8, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
SALT LAKE CITY - Let's start with the doubters, because Christian Wood has plenty of them. He's too thin, they say. He's not focused. He went undrafted despite having first-round talent partly because of poor conditioning. Wood hears it all. "What keeps me motivated are people telling me what I can't do," said Wood, who is playing for the 76ers' summer league team. "You know, I'm too weak to do this, and I'm too weak to do that. . . . Me being undrafted motivates me, too. " That's why the 6-foot-11 center out of UNLV is playing with a sense of urgency in the Utah Jazz Summer League.
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March 4, 2016 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, Staff Writer
Just a week and a half before Selection Sunday, a former Philadelphia Catholic League star who is a stalwart for UNLV has been caught in a controversy that led the NCAA to rule him academically ineligible. Derrick Jones, a 6-foot-7 freshman forward from Chester who starred at Archbishop Carroll, had his ACT exam result canceled by the testing service. The NCAA declared Wednesday that Jones is a "non-qualifier," meaning that effective immediately he can no longer play for the Runnin' Rebels this season.
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October 15, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
BEFORE TRAINING camp, Brett Brown spoke of how the biggest question mark on his team was the point guard position, where two of his more proven players (Tony Wroten and Kendall Marshall) were recovering from torn ACLs and three (T.J. McConnell, Pierre Jackson and Scottie Wilbekin) were unknowns. Veteran Isaiah Canaan, more of a scoring guard than a point guard, was really the only known commodity. The post area was thought to be a bit more secured with rookie Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel expected to compose a 1-2 punch the likes the organization has never seen.
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September 9, 2015 | By the Inquirer Staff
Former UNLV forward Christian Wood has joined the 76ers roster, according to Wood's agent, Matt Ramker, who announced the signing Monday on Twitter. Wood also posted on Twitter: "Happy to announce I have agreed to terms with the Philadelphia 76ers. " Last season at UNLV, Wood averaged 15.7 points and 10 rebounds a game. He also blocked 90 shots. Wood went undrafted before joining the Houston Rockets' summer league squad. The Sixers did not officially announce the signing that, according to several reports, is a four-year partially guaranteed deal.
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March 20, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
KENTUCKY opened as 32-point favorites against Hampton. Vegas Vic has them at 34. By the time the game starts tonight (9:40, CBS), the line could be 35. It's Vic's highest spread total since Duke was a 34-point favorite against Alabama State in 2004 and covered it with a 96-61 win. Yep. The Dookies were laying 34 and won by 35. In the SEC semifinals this year, Kentucky was favored by 24 1/2 over Auburn and won by 24 (91-67). In the conference title game, the Wildcats beat Florida by 25. They were 13 1/2-point favorites.
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February 18, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
IF YOU'RE WALKING along the Las Vegas strip tomorrow night and the lights dim, don't panic. It's just a thoughtful tribute honoring the late Jerry Tarkanian, the former head coach of UNLV who died last Wednesday at age 84. According to the Associated Press, the tribute will take place at 10:30 following the Boise State at UNLV game. The gesture puts Tarkanian in good company. Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Elvis Presley and Ronald Reagan are among those who have had lights dimmed on the Strip after their deaths.
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February 13, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
Jerry Tarkanian put me on hold for a minute late one night in 1994, deadline fast approaching. Tark came back on the line. The UNLV athletic director who had helped oust him had just resigned. "All the rats are gone - isn't that wonderful," Tark said over the phone. "All the rats are gone. " I had been assigned to cover what turned out to be the endgame for Rollie Massimino, Tark's successor at UNLV. It took only one trip to Vegas to realize Massimino had virtually no chance of surviving.
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November 23, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - For the second time in as many nights, Temple showed up for a basketball game without its offense, falling to UNLV, 57-50, in the consolation game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Barclays Center on Saturday night. The Owls (2-2), who led by 27-24 at halftime, went stone cold from the field in the second half, when they made just 5 of 33 field goals (15.2 percent). They were even worse from beyond the three-point line after the break, connecting on just 1 of 12 from long range.
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November 15, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5814
WHEN DERRICK Jones visited the campus at UNLV in mid-October, visions of grandeur danced in his head as he stepped on the floor of the Thomas & Mack Center. The possibility of entertaining thousands of fans on the Vegas campus was too much for the 6-6 small forward from Archbishop Carroll to turn down. Yesterday from ESPN's campus in Bristol, Conn., Jones made his intentions known to the country. "I'm going to take my talents to UNLV," Jones said on ESPNU's Recruiting Nation, after thanking teammates, coaches, friends and family for their support.
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